How Does A Forklift System Work?

Using a forklift scale is an efficient way to weigh objects while moving them around. They’re excellent weighing devices for warehouses and shipyards. But how do they work? Here’s a quick explanation of how a forklift scale system works and why you should consider one for your operation.

What a forklift scale system does
Forklift scales are built into the Hydraulics of forklifts and other material handling equipment. They’re designed to weigh objects while picking them up, making them the ultimate portable scale. The mechanism uses a piston or diaphragm to compress hydraulic fluid in a tube to determine the weight of the object the forklift is carrying. Forklift scales have at least one load cell, which converts the pressure in the tube into a mass measurement. An average forklift scale has a weighing capacity of around 5,000 pounds or 2,200 kilograms.

Benefits of a forklift scale system
Hydraulic forklift scale systems have many benefits, including:

  • They have very few moving parts, making them easy to maintain and repair

  • They don’t use electricity, which reduces sparks and explosion hazards

  • They can operate in extreme heat and cold

  • They determine the weight of a product during loading

  • They prevent overloading, preventing costly penalties and prolonging the life of your fleet

  • They eliminate the need to transport items to a weighing scale, improving efficiency and productivity

Industries that benefit from forklift scale systems include:

  • Manufacturing

  • Agriculture

  • Food handling

  • Distribution centres

  • Transportation

If you’re still unsure if a forklift scale system is right for your business, a scale expert can explain the pros and cons in more detail.

Forklift scale system sales in Alberta
If you’re considering a forklift scale system for your business, look no further than Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. We offer several forklift and material handling scale systems, including bucket loader, lift truck, weigh-in-motion and pallet jack scales. Contact us today to get an estimate on our legal-for-trade scales. We serve customers in Alberta and Western Canada.

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